We’re back! And not just back in your inbox – we just returned from an epic vacation, our first in 5 years. Jenni had a veterinary conference in Orlando for the first week, while my mom and I chased Paddy Rose around the pool. We then met up with my father-in-law and ventured even farther south to sunny and hot Fort Myers Beach, where we did pretty much nothing but shop at farmers markets, eat delicious home-cooked meals (and lots of fresh citrus), and adore PR constantly. I intended and pretended to do some garden planning, but I gave up after only a couple days. I realized it’ll likely be another five years before we go on another vacation, so I soaked up all the sun and quality time with my girls as I could get. Best decision I’ve made in a long time!
Our last night there, I had a serene dream of weeding the garden. Weeding may not sound too peaceful, but it was preventative weeding rather than emergency weeding – a big difference! I’m a couple of months ahead of last year on all my big winter tasks (seed order, organic certification paperwork, etc), so maybe staying ahead of the weeds won’t be just a dream this year! Perhaps the warm weather inspired it, or maybe it was the anticipation of returning home to the season ahead of us. Either way, it got me wicked excited to get my hands in the dirt and to fill y’alls bags full of delicious organic veggies again!
But I’m not just invading your inbox to gloat about our fun in the sun. Drum roll please…ever since Jeff started Potter Hill Farm 7 years ago, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has been in its future, but the timing hasn’t been right. Now that I’m going into my third year, I feel the time is finally right to add a CSA, and conveniently Friday is National CSA Sign-Up Day!
If you’re unfamiliar with the CSA concept, it is a direct relationship between our farm and you as a customer and community member. The upfront expenses of running a farm are steep, while veggies are a labor of love and patience. CSA members purchase a “share” of the harvest in advance of the growing season. This helps provide the farm with the capital needed early in the year to buy feed, seeds, compost, supplies, and pay for labor. In return, members receive a weekly “share” of the farm’s harvest – fresh, top quality, organic vegetables grown and harvested right here on our farm.
Please consider making a commitment to your health and supporting our farm! You can choose from a small and full-size share, and if you know anything about me, you know it’ll be a you-centric, flexible program. I’m even partnering with a local food blogger for simple ways to use your share. Pickup will be Saturdays (the Monday ordering system won’t change). Details as always can be found on the website. I’d LOVE to get my first 5 sign-ups by Friday, so please share this widely. And as always, reply to this email with any questions you may have. Thank you!